Bravo!! Great article! I’m a “young Boomer” who has lived on my own most of my adult life (except for being married for a while) and I could not agree more with Emaline. In my generation, we were generally still expected to “hook” a man while we were young (I think we were the last generation of “shotgun weddings" as I observe people not seemng to feel the need to marry these days when they reproduce). The myth we “older” women were fed was “you get married and then you’ll be taken care of for the rest of your life.” For some of us that didn’t prove to be the case. Some of us learned to navigate life on our own, according to our own terms, and finding it preferable to being “half” of a couple.
I read that more people are now living alone in the U.S. than ever before. There are a lot of divorced/widowed Boomers out there, and some of them are just shacking up (or maybe it’s just in my neighborhood), which I’d think about if I were to ever find a man who would love and accept me as I am and who I “couldn’t live without”. I mean at this age what’s the point of marriage when you’ve already raised your kids and launched them onto the world?? (I live with four cats and love it…even though they also make messes, yell at me and demand constant attention…like some men I’ve known). Then there’s the fact that dating for the 50-plus set is, shall we say, a bit challenging and sometimes not worth the struggle.
I’m sure I’m not alone in saying how I LOVE seeing articles such as this one that validate the choices of those of us who are “unmarried/formerly married persons by choice. Cheers!!